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Alligator attack - Myakka River, Florida

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by DandyDon, Jun 1, 2021.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    ‘An inch away from death’: Tampa diver replays frightening moments of alligator attack
     
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  2. Raphus

    Raphus Assistant Instructor

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    Crazy story.
    “Because of the bite force on those animals, he could have got me anywhere else and I would have died.”
    He got bitten in the head, cracking his scull. Where would be more deadly? :eek:

    He was lucky the alligator wasn't there to kill, just to scare him of.

    I don't understand people who are scared of sharks, but I would never ever go I to waters where crocodiles or alligators are..
    These guys are evil
     
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  3. BlueTrin

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    I guess he meant to say the skull is quite hard
     
  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If the gator had torn into his guts, femoral artery, or any artery as far as that goes, he wouldn't have made it out of the water. And I don't think the gator was out to scare him; just whatever it took to protect her nest. As he said, he should have known better to dive there during mating season.

    I'm no expert, but I wouldn't put Nile crocs or Australian crocs in the same threat level as American gators or even American crocs. We walk around gators in state parks without worries as long as we don't take lapdogs or let little kids run loose. American crocs are a little scarier, attacks have been reported, but nothing like Old World crocs.
     
  5. greeniguana

    greeniguana Contributor

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    Toilet Journalism.

    Why was he diving in the Myakka River in the first place?
     
  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Teeth.
     
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  7. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    There's lots of fossilized Megalodon (and occasionally other) teeth in that part of Florida. That said, I've never heard of looking for them in Myakka river before. Usually shore divers go across town to the Gulf of Mexico/Venice Beach to hunt for teeth. If you've got a boat, then you'll have better luck looking slightly offshore.

    My wife's cousin is a park ranger who lives in Myakka River State Park, I'll have to ask him about fossil hunting in the river.

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  8. Knockneed Man

    Knockneed Man Registered

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    Wow. I’ve dove the Myakka before looking for teeth. There are a few deep spots worthy of a tank, but in general it’s pretty shallow if you kayak up river and there you can snorkel and dig through the fossil beds. We probably saw about 50 gators in one day. That said, the Myakka isn’t very productive for megs, though there are lots of tiny teeth liked you’d find on the beach. The Peace River is better for megs.
     

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  9. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

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    I wonder how big that gator was. I've dove with gators and had no issues. We would swim up under them then bubble them with our reg just to watch them scoot. They don't seem to like bubbles. 8 ft or longer and I'd take a pass. I've been warned by bull gators of their presence and I take a hard, hard pass on that as well.
     
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  10. letterboy

    letterboy Trash leaves trash ScubaBoard Supporter

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    A quick Google takes one to thefossilforum.com which says Myakka river is rich with fossils because of its vacinity to the "bone Valley" but it isn't searched much due to gators....

    I'd say this guy was probably just looking to spend his day face down in shallow water and not have to come up for air or hassle with a snorkel while searching....

    He probably had the same menamtality of several here that the Gator will skitter off as they neared it, but this one didn't.

    I imagine it can't have been a very large Gator or that the Gator didn't mean to bite him... A full grown Gator will crush your little Skull....

    It may be a place to go in a kayak and jumping out in a shallow could be fun, as long as I could see the bottom...

    This picture was taken in everglades national park, in ~8 inches of water though... This little guy wasn't as long as my 12 ft kayak, but I didn't see him until I was nearly ontop of him.... PXL_20210502_131329981.MP.jpg
     

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